Hundreds of people on the beach in Barcelona

Hundreds of people on the beach in Barcelona.

30-05-2021EFE/Quique Garcia

French Junior European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune advised French people on Thursday to avoid Spain and Portugal for their summer holidays, due to risks tied to the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant.

"To those who have not yet booked their holidays, I say avoid Spain and Portugal as destinations. It is a prudent advice, a recommendation," Beaune told France 2 TV.

The ministry later specified that "travel to Spain and Portugal and anywhere else in Europe remains authorised...We are sending a message of caution on Portugal and Catalonia which are strongly impacted by the Delta variant."

Spain's health minister warned on Wednesday that young people can develop severe cases of COVID-19 and asked for their co-operation in taming an infection rate that has more than doubled in a week as the Delta variant tears through unvaccinated younger adults.

Scrambling to bring the contagion under control, the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia will shut down nightclubs from Friday, just weeks after opening them.


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Juan love / Hace 5 months

I've been in Torremolinos now for 3 days, and since flying from Madrid Airport to the time in the Hotel, the majority of people who have not been respecting the wearing of masks, are without doubt the French.

As this Country also contains one of the highest numbers of those refusing the vaccine, maybe those who believe the rules don't apply to them should be banned from many destinations in the future?